Esplanade Studio Theatre


Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central



Esplanade Studio Theatre

$5 at the door


Velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. A classical pianist who came to jazz through her love of old-school hip-hop, it's perhaps no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct and unique voice.

Elizabeth has been hailed as "a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility," praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. She is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans. The four-time JUNO nominee has released five widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America, Europe, Japan and Mexico. She has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit, played major festivals like Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals, and opened for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Hollywood Bowl.

Elizabeth is also the only jazz vocalist to ever have been nominated (twice) for the Polaris Prize, Canada's most prestigious music prize. On her most recent album, The Signal, Shepherd teamed up with guitar genius and Herbie Hancock band member Lionel Loueke. The record was hailed as a masterpiece, appeared on numerous Best-of-the-Year lists across the world, and was longlisted for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. Elizabeth's new 2019 album Montreal is a multi- media project devoted to the history of her vibrant hometown.

Elizabeth is no stranger to Medicine Hat, having appeared here a multitude of times over the years with her own projects and as side player on other projects. We welcome her and her band back with this exciting new project.

Joining Elizabeth, who covers vocals, keys and samples are Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Remi-Jean LeBlanc on bass, Mark Nelson on drums and Jacques Kuba-Seguin on trumpet.